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Pedestrian Safety

posted Mar 30, 2018, 11:38 AM by Ashley Carneal   [ updated Mar 30, 2018, 11:39 AM ]
Walking is a fun and healthy way to spend time with your children while teaching them skills that can serve them well throughout life. Adults can be a walking role model. Children learn through experience. Walking with parents or other caregivers is an important way for children to practice crossing streets and choosing safe places to walk. There is no magic age when children are old enough to walk without an adult.

As a parent, you must decide when your child has the skills and experience to deal with traffic safely without you.

As you walk with your child, remember these safety tips:
  • Teach children to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. 
  • Keep looking for traffic while crossing the street. 
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. 
  • Encourage children to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up. 
  • Instruct children not to run out into any street or cross between parked cars. 
  • Wear bright colored clothes, carry a flashlight or wear reflective gear if it is dark or hard to see. 
  • Teach children to put phones, headphones and/or devices down while walking/playing and when crossing a street. 
  • Look for traffic at every driveway and intersection. 
  • Teach children to be aware of others who may be distracted.
Ashley Carneal,
Mar 30, 2018, 11:39 AM